Application development for mobile devices has grown beyond all expectations, with Gartner estimating worldwide mobile phone sales at 314.7 million for the first quarter of 2010. For the whole year, 1.39 billion smartphones were sold, up an incredible 18.5 percent over 2009.
There are two factors contributing to this incredible growth. One is the availability of multiple hardware platforms, including the Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry, each one constantly rolling out new features and better usability. The other is the fact that each vendor has created an easy to use and affordable software development kit and app store, making it easy to both create and sell mobile apps. That powerful combination of forces has set the mobile application development market on fire.